The Ewells are viewed as the dregs of local society, as even "Atticus said the Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations" (Lee 21), during which they had "lived on the same plot of earth behind the Maycomb dump, and had thrived on county welfare money" (Lee 91). The lack of social exposure due to where and how he lives justifies Bob Ewell's lack of even the slightest form of respect in any scene in which he speaks. Atticus even passively allows Ewell to...
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...ry cause he had for his actions was just a part of his deepest motivation: insecurity. He attacks those involved in the Robinson case because of his worsened image produced during the trial. He constantly insults women and African-Americans because he believes he is simply better than them and doing so boosts his self-esteem ever so slightly. Trash is present in all societies, but sometimes people forget that it came from somewhere and became trash somehow. When trash refers to a person, it is even more important not to forget that his actions had their reasons, most of which are unfathomable "until you climb into his skin and walk around in it" (Lee 20).
Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird. N.p.: n.p., 1960. Lordmacktitan.weebly.com. TaleBooks.com. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.
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